The art of the present and the dialectics of duration
The film criticism of Jacques Rivette
in Jacques Rivette
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It is generally agreed that Jacques Rivette was the single most important and influential of the critics at Cahiers du cinéma in the 1950s who went on to become the directors of the New Wave. Rivette changed the way that spectators, think about cinema, at least in France where the Cahiers critics transformed the face of film criticism. His influence within the clique of Cahiers critics is demonstrated by the frequently cited confessions of Jean-Luc Godard and Luc Moullet, who held Rivette in such esteem that they would readily adapt their opinion of a film to accord with his. In Rivette's film criticism, a paradox, or a series of paradoxes, are apparent. If Rivette's film criticism determinedly clings on to an aesthetic philosophy that bears some residual transcendentalism, we are entitled to enquire what becomes of this philosophy when Rivette himself turns to filmmaking.

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